This section explains how to make it easier to launch the Voice Access app in Android 12. This is a step-by-step guide with pictures of the screens to help.
1. To find the Voice Access settings, open the Settings app and select Accessibility.
2. Scroll down to Interaction controls and tap Voice Access.
3. With the Voice Access shortcut, you can turn Voice Access on or off by tapping an on-screen shortcut. Tap the toggle switch for Voice Access shortcut to turn this on. You will receive an alert explaining how to use the shortcut. Tap OK.
4. You can now launch Voice Access by tapping the shortcut button on its semi-transparent floating tab.
5. You can also launch Voice Access via a larger Activation button. Tap Settings on the Voice Access screen, then scroll down to Activation and tap the toggle switch for Activation button to turn it on.
6. You can now launch Voice Access by tapping the activation button, which will float on top of your current screen. You can move it by dragging it around the screen.
7. If you use a physical switch or a keyboard or mouse, then you can use this to activate Voice Access. Scroll down to the Setup section of the Voice Access settings and tap Configure activation key.
8. Now tap where it says Activation key, No key assigned. Press your switch, a button on your mouse or a key or a key combination on your keyboard. From now on, pressing the same switch, button or key combination will launch Voice Access on your device.
9. Finally, select an Activation behaviour. You can select either Tap to start, tap to stop or Press and hold to start, release to stop. Select the option that best matches how you wish to start and stop using Voice Access.
Note: we have written these instructions for devices running the standard version of the Android operating system. You may find some minor presentation differences if the manufacturer has customised the theme.